Town of Somerset Oct. 3 Town Board MinutesTown of Somerset
Town of Somerset
Town Board Meeting Minutes
October 3, 2012
Chairman Schachtner called the meeting to order at 8:00 pm at the Town Hall. Present were Germain, Demulling, Plourde, Rauch and Schachtner. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited. Motion by Demulling, seconded by Plourde to approve the agenda. Motion carried. No public input.
Clerk’s & Treasurer’s Report: Motion by Germain, seconded by Rauch to approve the September 5th meeting minutes. Motion carried. Motion by Plourde, seconded by Rauch to approve the September Financial Report. Motion carried.
Fire/Rescue Commission Report & 2013 Budget: Plourde reported on joint meeting that was held at the Village on Sept. 26. 2013 budget was approved and Fire Lease Agreement was discussed. Plourde read the report from Belisle. 26 calls for September; 290 total calls this year so far compared to 274 at this time in 2011. Open House Oct. 13 from 10am–2pm for Fire Prevention Week. Motion by Germain, seconded by Demulling to approve the Town’s portion of the 2013 Fire Budget at $76,365 (after 2% dues) and the Fire/Rescue Commission Report. Motion carried.
Animal Control Report: Motion by Demulling, seconded by Rauch to approve the Animal Control Report for September. Motion carried.
Building Inspector’s Report: Motion by Plourde, seconded by Rauch to approve the September Building Inspector’s Report. Motion carried.
Parks & Rec Committee Report - Review and Consideration of Park Plan: Committee must further review Town’s Park Plan with the County’s Park Plan to see if they are compatible. This item will be considered at a future date.
New Business - Approval of 3 Lot CSM with Design Waiver and Transfer of “CLASS B” Combination Liquor License from Patio Lounge, Inc. to Traci & Shawn Libersky – T Buckets Bar & Grill at 1580-32nd Street, Due to Sale: Joel Anez Surveying presented a 3 lot CSM with the revisions the Town Board requested at the September joint meeting. Motion by Rauch, seconded by Plourde to approve the 3 lot CSM with design waiver for less than 3 acre minimum on lots 2 & 3 due to the fact that the state acquired land for the new highway corridor and the 2 lots currently are less than the 3 acre minimum. Motion carried. Motion by Demulling, seconded by Germain to approve the request to transfer the “CLASS B” Combination Liquor License contingent upon the sale of Patio Lounge Inc. (trade name: Papa B’s) at 1580-32nd Street to Traci & Shawn Libersky, T Buckets Bar & Grill with the original liquor license surrendered to the Town and a new license will be issued at no cost. Motion carried.
Letter Received from Bakke-Norman Concerning Rick & Nancy Flandrick Mobile Home & Consideration of Further Action: Demulling abstained from the discussion. Gary Bakke, attorney, was present representing Rick and Nancy Flandrick. In 1983, permission was given from Town Board for a mobile home temporarily. In 1985, the unit was moved off and has not been there for 27 years. A manufactured home was moved onto the lot in 1985. Bakke stated a manufactured home qualifies as any other family residence and he presented a certificate from the purchase. The assessor has an improvement tax on the unit. Town Board consensus was since this unit is not classified as a mobile home and is a manufactured home and the trailer in question was removed in 1985, no further action is required.
Appointment of Margaret Cook as Election Inspector: Motion by Plourde, seconded by Demulling to appoint Margaret Cook as an Election Inspector. Motion carried.
Consideration of Tax Collection Agreement with St. Croix County: Motion by Rauch, seconded by Germain to approve the Tax Collection Agreement with St. Croix County Treasurer. Motion carried.
Change November Town Board Meeting Date Due to General Election: Motion by Rauch, seconded by Plourde to change the November Town Board meeting from Wednesday, November 7 to Thursday, November 8. Motion carried.
Budget Transfer for 2012 from Major Roads Account to Routine Roads Account - $100,000: Schachtner stated the reason for the transfer is more road maintenance was done this year than road reconstruction. Motion by Plourde, seconded by Germain to approve the 2012 budget transfer request of $100,000 from major roads account to routine roads account. Motion carried.
Request from St. Croix County Economic Development Corporation for 2013 Membership at $1,000: Motion by Rauch, seconded by Plourde to deny the request for 2013 membership from St. Croix County Economic Development Corporation. Motion carried.
Planning Commission Report: Rauch reported on St. Croix River Crossing Mitigation Group. Projects are being reviewed to submit for grants and funding. Much work to be done before the next meeting in January. Discussion on Parks & Rec Committee and Planning Commission meeting jointly to work on project(s) for mitigation funds along with consolidating costs of services with other municipalities.
Transportation & Facilities Committee Report - Xcel Energy Warning Siren at Bottom of Apple River Lane: Schachtner stated Xcel Energy is required to install an emergency warning siren at the bottom of Apple River Lane to alert a failure in the dam. This siren will be installed at no cost to the Town. The siren will be tested monthly and will be connected to the County’s severe storm warning siren. Schachtner read the report from the September Transportation & Facilities Committee meeting - all road projects have been completed and equipment is running well. Improvements to lighting in shop, preparing for snow plowing, 75th Street as proposed TRIP D Project and road rating report are projects being worked on. Committee will not meet in November, due to General Election.
Motion to Convene into Closed Session per WSS 19.85 (g) Regarding Vandalism: Motion by Demulling, seconded by Plourde to convene into closed session per 19.85 (g) at 9:15 p.m. Roll call vote: Demulling - yes, Rauch - yes, Plourde - yes, Germain - yes and Schachtner - yes. Motion carried.
Reconvene into Open Session: Motion by Germain, seconded by Rauch to reconvene into open session.
Roll call vote: Demulling - yes, Plourde - yes, Germain - yes, Rauch - yes, Schachtner - yes. Motion carried. Open session at 10:45 p.m.
Determinations: Motion by Rauch, seconded by Demulling to charge damages in the amounts of $1,135.90 and $663.30 to the two offending parties and if not paid in full by 21 days, legal action will be taken. Motion carried.
Meeting adjourned at 10:47 p.m.
Jeri Koester, Clerk